The Ministry of Lands, National Lands Commission (NLC) and Kenya Railways (KR) have deployed Land Surveyors and Valuers to various sites along the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Nairobi – Naivasha (Phase 2A) route to fast track the land acquisition and compensation process.
The professionals will be on ground for the next two weeks to facilitate awards and final payments to owners with official and proper documentation.
This follows a directive from H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta to finalize the process by end of July 2018 in order to pave way for completion of the project envisaged to be launched on 31st May, 2019.
H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta recently undertook an inspection of the on – going SGR Phase 2A construction on June 23, 2018 to assess the progress and deliberate on the best course of action with key Cabinet Secretaries involved in the project. While the progress made is commendable, H.E noted some key areas for improvement to be addressed with immediate effect.
Top on his list was the Land Acquisition issue which he stressed should be fast tracked and all Project Affected Persons (PAPs) compensated within a month in order to enable the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation, go on with construction activities unhindered by unavailability of land.
Kenya Railways is responsible for determining and surveying the land required for the project, after which the Ministry of Lands provides a pricing index for the identified area for compulsory acquisition while NLC undertakes valuation of the identified land, gives awards and makes payment to PAPs.